Bishop Jaime Soto

Birthday: 31 December 1955
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Saint John’s Seminary College, Camarillo, CA
Master’s in Divinity – Saint John’s Seminary, Camarillo, CA
Master’s in Social Work – Columbia University School of Social Work, New York City, NY

Ordination: 12 June 1982
Episcopate: 31 May 2000
Twitter bishopsoto@scd.org

Bishop Jaime Soto on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • In a statement, Bishop Soto described the allegations made by Archbishop Vigano as “serious” and deserving of “an honest, transparent response.” Soto called on Catholics to pray for the abused victims, “the revelations and concerns of these past weeks renew the wounds they have suffered,” he wrote. (Diocese of Sacramento)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • In May 2017, an abortion clinic in Sacramento closed after 42 years of operation. In a letter to his diocese, Bishop Soto expressed gratitude. “Year after year, on the sidewalk in front of this facility, there has been a steadfast presence of faith-filled people peacefully praying and offering a testimony of hope,” he wrote. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Soto called on clergy and laity to fast, pray, do penance, and perform works of mercy on the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2016 in order to “help restore a culture of life” in America. He also urged laity to participate in the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Soto said Mass for the Legal Protection of the Unborn on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. During his sermon, Soto said opposing abortion is not enough, and that Catholics must “do the good that inspires other to know the wisdom and mercy of Jesus so that they can turn from sin with the hope of finding the fullness of life.” (Diocese of Sacramento)
  • Bishop Soto declared January 22, 2010 a day of reparation for what he described as “the sinful national scourge of abortion” and “other acts of violence against the innocent.” The day was meant to restore a culture of life and “a civilization of love.” Soto was the main celebrant of Sacramento’s 2010 annual pro-life Mass. (LifeSiteNews)

Homosexuality

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  • Bishop Soto strongly reaffirmed the sinfulness of homosexual conduct and encouraged chastity in his keynote speech at the 2008 National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries conference. The conference was attended mostly by liberal, pro-gay activists. Soto was praised by faithful Catholics for going into a hostile environment and defending Church teaching on homosexuality, marriage, chastity, and sex. At least five people left during the speech. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • Bishop Soto defended the importance of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers and strongly denounced Planned Parenthood in a column that appeared in the Sacramento Bee on August 18, 2015. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2012, Bishop Soto personally approved defunding a non-profit group established in 1970 at a Catholic parish in San Francisco because the organization’s leader, a United Methodist Minister, expressed strong public support for Planned Parenthood. Previously, the diocese raised as much as $10,000 for the non-profit as part of an annual giving campaign. (LifeSiteNews)

Contraception

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  • Bishop Soto made a YouTube video with a Natural Family Planning educator to mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Soto and his guest discussed the impact Humanae Vitae has had on the family and the Church’s teachings compared to how the world views sexuality. (Diocese of Sacramento)

“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • On the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2015, Bishop Soto preached a sermon rebuking the evils of abortion and pornography. “The prevailing politics of sexuality stubbornly separates the sexual act from the procreative act to the detriment of a more authentic sexual expression as well as the detriment of the human person, especially women,” he said. “The absence of any moral sense has left a vacuum filled by pornography and the pornographic culture it fosters. This has become the default sexual education for young people. Young women have suffered most from the exploitive standards it inculcates. There are many things wrong with pornography, but its most egregious harm is the promotion of cultural norms that reduce women to sexual objects.” (Diocese of Sacramento)
  • In response to a poll in 2010 that showed a majority of Catholics in California supported same-sex “marriage,” Bishop Soto told LifeSiteNews that there is an urgent need for the Church to correct the “confusion about sexuality” currently prevailing in America and to appreciate what the Church teaches about marriage.. (LifeSiteNews)

Education

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